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Written Scheme / Water Safety Plan

For a number of years this title has been floating around without any clear definition or specification.  In the autumn of 2015 guidance was issued for this role of Authorising Engineer [Water].

It is recommended an Authorising Engineer [Water] should remain independent of the operational structure of your organisation.  The Water Hygiene Centre can provide an Authorising Engineer [Water], who will act as your independent professional Legionella consultant, giving support and advice in accordance with relevant guidance.


Your appointed Authorising Engineer [Water] will:

  • Provide an annual water hygiene audit
  • Attend your Water Safety Group providing formal evidence and demonstrating management of water hygiene risks
  • Review and revision of your written scheme / water safety plan
  • Routinely monitor your organisational performance
  • Assess and praise members of the management team and make recommendations for their appointment
  • Provides direction and update training
While every Authorising Engineer [Water] will have horror stories to tell and a collection of worrying photographs, it is always a great feeling when there are tangible positive results in terms of improvements in the safety of water systems. The Water Hygiene Centre has a collective of Authorising Engineers [Water] from varied background who routinely meet and work together to share knowledge and experiences.

We provide a call-out service where by your call is directed to one of our Authorising Engineers [Water]. Call-outs necessarily involve the most important circumstances where a prompt response can ensure appropriate and timely action, potentially preventing an escalating emergency incident. We will be available 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Always receive timeous replies when guidance is requested. The service we receive from you is first class and this provides me with peace of mind as Corporate Responsible Person for Legionella risk management

Eddie Milne, Moray Council

Excellent technical advice balanced with a pragmatic approach.  You have helped us with a number of issues but also helped us save money by focussing on the highest impact areas

Christian Homersley, Wye Valley NHS Trust

… knowledge, passion and pleasant demeanour has meant that even the most sceptical manager accepts and trusts what is said.  They are very professional and there teaching skills have enhanced HSSD’s knowledge of water management immensely.

Martin Wilson, States of Guernsey

I am entirely satisfied with the level of service and support provided by our Authorising Engineer service. In particular the assistance and can-do attitude they provide.

The Water Hygiene Centre have been providing our AE [Water] service for over 10 years.

Graham Mutch, NHS Grampian

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